Wednesday, August 24, 2011

This Day in Illinois History (August 24): Niles, IL Incorporated

On this day in Illinois history (August 24), the city of Niles, IL was incorporated in 1899.

When I think Niles, I think of the replica of the Leaning Tower of Pisa that stands tall in the city. Many people recognize this replica, as it appeared in the opening credits of Wayne's World. In a previous career, I used to drive by the tower frequently. Niles is home to the tower because one of its "sister cities" is, in fact, Pisa, Italy.

Others may know of Niles due to the fact that, in 2008, former Mayor Nicholas Blase pleaded guilty to federal charges of mail fraud and tax evasion, and was sentenced in January last year to serve a year and a day in prison.

Many residents of Niles, however, think of their city as a great place to live. In fact, in 2010, BusinessWeek magazine rated Niles as "One of the Best Places to Raise a Family."

Happy Birthday, Niles!

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